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Have you or a loved one been greatly harmed by medical malpractice? Has a medical professional’s error caused long-term damages that you are ready to recover through a lawsuit? If you’re looking for an attorney that handles medical malpractice or negligence, we have the top malpractice lawyers in Washington DC.

Medical malpractice attorney in Washington DC helping a victim and their familiesMedical malpractice is, unfortunately, a common occurrence in the United States and Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland, and, in recent years, has been cited as a leading cause of death nationwide. It occurs when a medical professional, such as a physician, nurse, home health care provider, or physical or occupational therapist, has breached his or her duty of care by providing care and treatment in a careless or negligent manner and causes serious injury or death.

When this occurs, victims and their families may be able to pursue a legal claim to seek justice and compensation for the losses and harms that they are entitled to.

Whether you’re ready to file a claim with the local court today or you’re not sure if a lawsuit is a right path for you, a medical malpractice attorney in Washington, DC can review your case in a free, no-obligation consultation. Call (202) 960-4596 or send us a message now to schedule yours.

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What are the Most Common Types of Medical Malpractice?

Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis

The most common type of medical malpractice is misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. This is when the doctor fails to diagnose a condition properly, or for some period of time that is crucial to the patient’s treatment options and even survival rate. Heart attacks and cancer are very commonly misdiagnosed or not diagnosed in time. A late diagnosis could lead to the patient missing a window for treatment, such as an experimental chemotherapy. Or, it could mean overlooking an impending heart attack for a patient with heart disease. A misdiagnosis can cause the patient to be treated inappropriately, causing even more harm.

Surgical Errors

Another type of malpractice are surgical errors, which can include tools or sponges left inside the body during surgery. Ineffective sterilization during surgery can lead to infection. Anesthesia errors can endanger the patient’s life.

Failure to Treat Properly

Other malpractice claims include failure to treat a patient properly. This is when doctors diagnose the problem quickly, but fail to treat or prescribe the correct medication. Failure to treat a patient properly could be discharging the patient too soon, lack of follow up care, or prescribing the wrong medication or incorrect dosage of prescription drugs.

Birth Injuries

Brain damage infant hand being held by motherBirth injuries can be devastating to a family. Obstetrical malpractice makes up a large portion of medical malpractice suits in Washington D.C. and around the country. Injuries to a baby can occur at any point during a pregnancy and many of them cannot be prevented. However, birth injuries due to medical negligence include:

  • Incorrect use of vacuum suction or forceps during delivery.
  • Misuse of pitocin (a synthetic hormone used to induce or speed up delivery).
  • Failure to order a c-section.
  • Failure to treat placental abruption.
  • Failure to monitor a larger or premature baby.

These mistakes, along with many others, can lead to the child being born with nerve damage, spinal cord injuries, and Cerebral Palsy. Neonatal strokes occur in up to 1 in 3,500 newborns and is the most important cause of neurological impairment in children and one of the most common causes of Cerebral Palsy.

If your child suffered an injury at birth, or suffered a neonatal stroke due to the negligence of the doctor, the birth injury lawyers at Regan Zambri Long can help you secure financial compensation to offset the medical care your child will need moving forward.

Nursing Home Negligence

nursing home abuse lawyers washington dcNursing home negligence happens far too often. Elderly victims are extremely vulnerable so it is up to family members to take notice of everything and remain vigilant about demanding the best care for their loved one. Examples of malpractice in nursing homes include failure to treat an illness or injury. If your loved one suffered an illness or sustained an injury while in the nursing facility, then the medical professionals in the nursing home should give them direct and prompt care.

Untreated bedsores, which happen when the nursing home staff fail to help immobile residents change positions regularly, can lead to serious and even fatal infections. Medication errors happen when doctors or nurses either miss medication doses or overdose a patient, which can lead to death.

Improper physical restraints can lead to bruising and lacerations on the wrists and ankles. Chemical restraints, which are medications to sedate the patient, can cause illness or even death when the patient is over-sedated.

Finally, if your loved one is a nursing home that fails to require frequent doctor check-ups for their patients, it could allow for an undetected illness to worsen beyond the point of treatment. If this happened to a family member, contact a Regan Zambri Long nursing home abuse lawyer immediately. Not only do you and your family have rights, but a nursing home abuse claim can help expose facilities that treat elderly patients poorly. Your story can help hundreds of other families avoid having to go through the pain of seeing a loved one suffer.

What Effects Does Medical Malpractice Have on Victims?

A major and very common effect medical malpractice has on victims is unexpected and very expensive medical bills, leading to financial distress. If the medical error causes physically debilitating injuries, the victim will most likely have to miss work, losing wages on top of piling medical expenses. If the injury is permanent, the victim will lose future wages, as well. Surgical errors can have devastating effects on the victim, including permanent disfigurement, infertility, nerve damage, and paralysis.

Emotional trauma, such as stress, depression, suicidal thoughts, sleeplessness, and anxiety can also play a major role in the victim’s life after they suffered from medical malpractice. The Regan Zambri Long malpractice lawyers have also litigated malpractice cases that resulted in the patient’s wrongful death. In these cases, the family members left behind not only have to cope with grief, but many times, they also have to deal with unexpected loss of income. A medical malpractice claim can secure financial damages to help offset the sudden loss of income, funeral expenses, and medical bills.

Do I Have Legal Basis for a Medical Malpractice Claim in Washington, DC?

doctor with patientIn medical malpractice cases, the burden of proof, which is the responsibility to prove the claim you made, falls on the victim. This may seem daunting, but if you have a Regan Zambri Long medical malpractice attorney by your side, they will work to determine who is at fault and how to prove it. The party or parties responsible for malpractice will be unique to your case, but any healthcare provider acting in an official capacity can be held responsible for their own negligence that caused the patient harm. Hospitals can also be liable for allowing unqualified and/or incompetent professionals to care for patients.

Your D.C. lawyer will collect as much information about your case as possible, including medical records, prescriptions, hospital scans, and medical bills. They will work hard to prove:

  • A doctor-patient relationship existed with the party you are making the claim against. Within that official relationship, your lawyer will prove duty of care, which is the legal responsibility of a person or organization to avoid any behavior or action that could cause harm to others.
  • Harm due to negligence or incompetence: Your Regan Zambri Long legal team will consist of a registered nurse and medical consultants who will help build the case of how a competent practitioner would have treated the patient and how the practitioner in question failed to meet that standard.
  • The healthcare provider’s negligence was the direct cause of injury or harm to the patient.

Regan Zambri Long medical malpractice lawyers have won millions for their clients, including a $2.45 million settlement for a 69-year-old patient who suffered severe injuries during heart surgery. They are experts in complicated malpractice lawsuits and will fiercely defend your rights to compensation.

How Medical Malpractice Works in Washington DC

To prove negligence in a medical malpractice claim, a victim or victim’s family must prove the following. These requirements are:

  • The victim was a patient of the medical professional
  • The medical professional acted negligently or wrongfully
  • The negligent act directly caused the injury or death
  • The injury or death led to legal damages, such as physical or emotional pain and suffering, the need for medical care and treatment, the cost of that medical care and treatment, and loss of income

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Types of Medical Malpractice Cases We Handle

Regan Zambri Long has an outstanding record for successfully representing victims of medical malpractice and their families involving a wide range of medical issues and disciplines, ranging from surgical negligence leading to spinal cord injury to obstetrical negligence leading to maternal death and cerebral palsy. Our team includes a nurse attorney and others who together have expertise in the following kinds of medical malpractice cases:

    • Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis of cancer, stroke, sepsis, heart disease, and other conditions
    • Surgical and anesthesia errors
    • Obstetrical malpractice
    • Medication errors
    • Psychiatric misdiagnosis
    • Misinterpretation of diagnostic studies, such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs
    • Negligence in home health care and long-term facilities and nursing homes

    Those affected by medical malpractice experience harm that manifests itself as an injury, side effect, medical condition, or in the worst cases, death. Common claims in a medical malpractice lawsuit include:

    • Wrongful death
    • Medical expenses
    • Lost wages
    • Future wages
    • General damages, such as mental or physical pain and suffering or disfigurement

Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

How Quickly do I Need to File a Medical Malpractice Case?

Medical malpractice cases must be filed within a specified period of time, called a statute of limitations. The statute of limitations varies depending upon many factors: the place where the medical malpractice occurred (that is, Washington DC, Virginia, or Maryland); whether the medical malpractice causes death; and when the medical malpractice was discovered. These factors are very fact-specific.

For that reason, you should consult with a personal injury attorney in Washington, DC as soon as you have reason to believe that your or a family member may have been a victim of medical malpractice since, outside of prescribed time periods, the victim or the victim’s family members will likely not be able to pursue a claim and potentially collect compensation.

What is Washington, DC’s Contributory Negligence Claim? Does it Apply to My Case?

Contributory negligence is when a judge or jury deems the plaintiff (the person who files the claim) responsible for a portion of the injury. Washington, DC is one of the five jurisdictions that still follow the contributory negligence law, along with Virginia and Maryland.

Injury Lawyer Free ConsultationThis law is mostly applied to car accidents and product liability cases and is rare in malpractice suits. However, if you are found to be at fault for your injury, even a small percentage, then you will be unable to collect compensation for the medical injury. This is one of the main reasons it is important to have a malpractice attorney by your side in case the hospital or medical professional tries to claim you played a role in your injury.

What is the Washington, DC Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice Claims?

The statute of limitations, or the period of time you have to file a medical malpractice claim is three years. In most cases, that means three years from the date the medical error occurred. However, the three-year clock can also start from the date you discovered you were harmed by a medical error.

There are exceptions to the DC statute of limitations, which include if the victim of malpractice was a minor, if they are mentally incompetent, or if they are in prison. According to NOLO, in these situations the statute of limitations is suspended until the victim turns 18, is declared mentally competent, or is released from prison. Consult a Regan Zambri Long medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible to determine how and when to file a malpractice suit against a healthcare professional or hospital.

How do I Prevent Myself or a Family Member From Being a Victim of Medication Errors?

If you don’t have a medical background, it is more difficult to completely understand all the dangers and side effects of medications. However, there are some tips you can take into consideration in order to avoid injury due to medication. When you are prescribed medication be sure to ask your doctor the following:

  • What is the dosage?
  • How long should I take this medication?
  • What do I do if I miss a dose?
  • What do I do if I take too much?
  • Should I avoid taking other medications when I am taking this one?
  • Should I avoid eating or drinking anything while taking this medication?
  • What are the side effects of this medication?
  • What should I do if the side effects happen?

Make sure you are honest with your healthcare provider about any medications you take and about your complete medical history.

How Much Compensation Will I Get for My Claim?

While there is no set amount for malpractice damages, your medical malpractice attorney will work hard to secure the maximum amount of financial compensation possible. Damages can include:

  • Current and future medical expenses: Hospital states, treatment, surgery, follow up appointments, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and prescriptions.
  • Lost wages and future wages: Income that the victim missed due to injury caused by the medical error and earning potential that will be missed due to ongoing or permanent injuries or illness.
  • Noneconomic damages: Damages that are not tangible, like pain and suffering and emotional trauma.
  • Wrongful death: When a loved one has died due to the negligence of medical providers.

Is There a Cap on the Compensation I Can Receive?

The limits on reimbursement for medical malpractice vary state to state. At this time, there is no cap on compensation for a medical malpractice lawsuit in Washington, DC.

How Long Will the Malpractice Case Take?

Each case is different, but malpractice suits are often complicated and can take several years before the case is resolved. However, Regan Zambri Long malpractice attorneys have the financial backing to take on large hospitals and insurance companies. You can rest assured that your lawyer will be with you every step of the way.

How We Can Help With Your Medical Malpractice Case

If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, our team can help you secure the justice and compensation that you deserve. If you believe that you or a family member may have been a victim of medical malpractice in Washington DC, Virginia, or Maryland, our attorneys are ready to meet with you at no cost.

For that reason, you should consult with a personal injury attorney in Washington, DC as soon as you have reason to believe that your or a family member may have been a victim of medical malpractice since, outside of prescribed time periods, the victim or the victim’s family members will likely not be able to pursue a claim and potentially collect compensation.

Schedule a Free Consultation With a Top Medical Malpractice Attorney

Our Washington DC personal injury lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Backed by more than 100 years of combined experience, our firm has an established reputation for pursuing legal excellence. As our client, you will enjoy peace of mind in knowing that your rights will be protected from start to finish. We will do everything in our power to secure the maximum compensation you need to pay for injury-related expenses, such as medical care and lost income, as well as full compensation for all of the physical and emotional consequences of your injuries.

If you have any questions or concerns associated with your case, our firm is here to give you the information you need to make well-informed decisions.
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Don’t navigate a medical malpractice case by yourself. At Regan Zambri Long PLLC, our medical malpractice attorneys in Washington, DC  have investigated and litigated hundreds of cases involving medical malpractice. Our law firm has obtained significant settlements and verdicts for our clients, providing them with the financial resources to put their lives back together.

Schedule a free consultation today by calling (202) 463-3030 or sending our team a message now. We look forward to hearing about how we can help you with your case!